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Men In Black: International brings nostalgia and fun

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Rating 6/10

Overview

Since she was a child, Molly (Tessa Thompson) has wanted to become a member of the Men In Black. After finally finding the agencies hidden base, she succeeds in being accepted into the secret organization. Paired with the Men In Black’s Top Agent: H (Chris Hemsworth), the two of them must keep a powerful weapon out of the hands of the evil alien race: The Hive.

What Worked

The main aspect of Men In Black: International that worked well was the overall production and feel. This movie looks and sounds like it definitely belongs in this universe. Director F. Gary Gray makes sure that all of the classic elements of the original trilogy are reintroduced for the new generation. This includes all of the cool weapons such as the classic neutralizer....

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X-Men: Dark Phoenix flies into theaters as a curtain call to this story arc

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Rating 6/10

Overview

The X-Men find themselves on a mission to space in order to save a collection of Earth’s astronauts. However, During the expedition, Jean Grey (Sophie Turner) becomes merged with an intergalactic entity known as Phoenix. This results in Jean experiencing a new height in abilities. Unfortunately, these new powers have also caused negative effects on Jean’s mental state. The X-Men must now decide if the villain they must protect Earth from is one of their own.

What Worked

To begin, Dark Phoenix starts off on a good note. The opening act is taken directly from the source material and looks spectacular on screen. Every individual X-Man gets an opportunity to showcase his powers in order to save the astronaut crew. In fact, the visual effects...

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Festival of the Lakes hosts Polka Party at Hammond Marina

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The 16th Annual Festival of the Lakes invites all polka enthusiasts to stop by when it hosts its popular Polka Party on Sunday, July 21. Musical guest Tri-City Drive will bring a traditional Polish sound to accompany an afternoon of great food and dancing.

Tri-City Drive is Chicago’s newest polka band led by Tim Okrzesik (drums). The band members include Ted Okrzesik, Jr. (trumpet), Craig Marsolek (concertina), Steven Futa (bass), A.J. Okrzesik (trumpet and Andrew Okrzesik (accordion). Tri-City Drive formed in 2015 and has performed at multiple Blazonczyk/Bel-Aire Enterprises functions as well as dances sponsored by other polka promoters and polka organizations in Illinois, Wisconsin and Michigan. The music of Eddie Blazonczyk’s Versatones, Lenny Gomulka and the Chicago Push, The Brass Connection, Windy City Brass and the Dynatones are some of the...

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Jason Mraz's tour will make a stop at Four Winds New Buffalo

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Multi-platinum singer/songwriter Jason Mraz has announced plans for a very special North American tour set to kick off this fall. The multiple Grammy award-winner will be joined by longtime collaborators Raining Jane for the run, dubbed “Ladies & Gentleman, An Evening with Jason Mraz & Raining Jane.” Set to kick off on October 23 in Modesto, California, the tour finds Mraz bringing his exuberant live show to theaters and performing arts centers, wrapping with a two-night stand at the Chicago Theatre on November 23 and 24 (see itinerary below).

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Movie Review: Rocketman, a truly beautiful story of the highs and lows of Elton John's career

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Rating 9/10

Overview:

Rocketman is a musical fantasy based on the highs and lows during the breakthrough points of Elton John’s career.

What Worked:

Going into Rocketman, I was initially curious to see what route the filmmakers would take. Copying the Bohemian Rhapsody angle with a straightforward biopic seems to be the popular routine in film over the years. I was pleasantly surprised, however, that this movie was completely different.

Director Dexter Fletcher does an amazing job of twisting the life of Elton John into a more fantasy-driven adventure. It’s refreshing and extremely fun to immerse yourself in Rocketman. Fletcher also showcases his talent with scene transitions throughout the movie. One minute we are...

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John Wick: Chapter 3-Parabellum Review

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Overview

Immediately following the events of John Wick 2, our favorite assassin (played by Keanu Reeves) is now on the run from New York City’s “High Table” of the crime underworld. With a huge bounty on his head, John Wick has every assassin in New York City after him. Wick must survive by any means and make sure he can take out as many enemies as possible in the process.

John Wick: Chapter 3-Parabellum is rated R for pervasive strong violence, and some language

What Worked:

From the opening scene to rolling credits, fans are flooded with what make this franchise so entertaining. The film is basically two hours of non-stop action. The fight choreography and stunt work of the last two films continues to improve with each entry. Keanu Reeves does an amazing job...

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Pokémon: Detective Pikachu Movie Review Highlights Every Detail

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Overview

While investigating the disappearance of his father, Tim Goodman (Justice Smith) befriends his father’s partner in crime, Pikachu (Ryan Reynolds). Thankfully, Pikachu is a detective and has an eye for piecing together clues. He must now aid Tim on his detective journey to solve the mystery of his father’s sudden vanishing.

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Terry Fator to Perform at Silver Creek Event Center


FourWindsLogoThe Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians’ Four Winds® Casinos are pleased to announce Terry Fator will make a stop at Silver Creek® Event Center on Saturday, August 24, 2019 at 9 p.m. ET. Ticket prices for the show start at $59 plus applicable fees and can be purchased beginning Friday, May 3 at 10 a.m. ET by visiting FourWindsCasino.com, or by calling (800) 745-3000. Hotel rooms are available on the night of the Terry Fator performance and can be purchased with event tickets.

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Lakeshore PBS extends partnership with Purdue University Northwest on TV Show

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Northwest Indiana PBS affiliate Lakeshore PBS partnered with Purdue University Northwest (PNW) two years ago to launch “Roundtable Perspective,” a half-hour educational program. Celebrating Purdue Northwest’s annual Day of Giving, Lakeshore is giving PNW $24,400 in airtime and advertising support to renew the 26-episode program another season.

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Northwest Indiana Symphony Orchestra Presents One Small Step With Special Guest Former NASA Astronaut Jerry Ross

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Join the Northwest Indiana Symphony Orchestra and Music Director/Conductor Kirk Muspratt for “One Small Step” on Friday, May 17, 2019 at 7:30pm at Monbeck Auditorium at Highland High School (9135 Erie Street, Highland.) The concert will feature the Symphony Chorus and special guest former NASA Astronaut Colonel Jerry Ross.

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Valparaiso University TV launches new show “Watchya Reading?”

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It has been said that some of the best ideas seem to come out of the blue, when you least expect it. This was just the case when close friends Mark Chamberlain and Steve Zelechoski sat down for their monthly breakfast outing and pondered Valparaiso University TV’s newest monthly broadcasted show “Watchya Reading?” The idea took flight after Zelechoski introduced to Ron Blatz, VUTV advisor and studio manager, and Katie Nickolaou, a senior co-producer and director.

“We invite interesting people who bring something new to every episode. As we continue to film, we are hoping to bring a combination of leaders, thought, academia, nonprofit organizations, VU professors and more,” Zelechoski said. “We have so many unbelievable people in this region and yet most of the time, others see them as unapproachable because they don’t personally know them. This show...

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